3 Stocks Dragging The Real Estate Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 81 points (-0.5%) at 16,092 as of Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,055 issues advancing vs. 1,941 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), down 5.4%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 1.4% and CBRE Group ( CBG), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include Ventas ( VTR), up 2.1%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.5%, Boston Properties ( BXP), up 1.0%, SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG), up 0.9% and Equity Residential ( EQR), up 0.5%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Realogy Holdings is down $0.64 (-1.5%) to $41.76 on light volume. Thus far, 554,643 shares of Realogy Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.58-$42.89 after having opened the day at $42.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.40.

Realogy Holdings Corp. provides real estate and relocation services worldwide. Realogy Holdings has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Realogy Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realogy Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Realogy Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is down $0.30 (-1.1%) to $27.59 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.48-$27.96 after having opened the day at $27.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.89.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $16.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Northstar Realty Finance Corporation ( NRF) is down $0.28 (-1.9%) to $14.39 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Northstar Realty Finance Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.38-$14.84 after having opened the day at $14.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.67.

NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., a real estate investment trust (REIT), operates as a commercial real estate (CRE) investment and asset management company in the United States. Northstar Realty Finance Corporation has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Northstar Realty Finance Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Northstar Realty Finance Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Northstar Realty Finance Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).

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